The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-5 of Cups- Disappointment & The Modern Witch Tarot-Five of Cups

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Above all things, know thyself.

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Thoth- 5 of Cups-Disappointment

Lord of Loss in Pleasure.

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The MOdern witch Tarot-five of cups


#5. I recognize the manifestation of the undeviating justice in all the circumstances of my life.

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Qabalistic Tree of Life

Many people inappropriately term some tarot cards as "bad" or "evil" and others as "good" which is the errant 2-dimensional thinking of our culture. This is assuredly errant thought as the Tarot is about conscious energy and radiated data from the One Mind and the Spirit-Mind-Body movement to gather knowledge through experiencing " multidimensional life" as a Trinity in a sensual body and becoming intimate with information, thereby turning it into knowledge. Therefore, the 5's, which have often been termed as bad or negative, are really the necessary disruption of the placidity of the 4's. The 4's bespeak of stasis, a non-motion, while to move is to grow; therefore, when the 5 is thrown it is your inner-self telling the outer-self it is time to move! This need to grow is very true for the Thoth 5 of cups.

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Emotional disappointment makes us fragile (the five glass cups) and vulnerable. Like the murky sea or sky in the background we become depressed and then angry, depicted as the orange/red sky. We are now off balance (the askew pentagram) and feeling uprooted (the lily pads with falling lotus blossoms). The transformational aspect of disappointment is shown by the universal sign of the butterfly (the roots of the lily pads in the shape of a butterfly). The upside down form of a pentagram, on the Thoth card is deemed a sign of evil by the superstitious; However, it isn't an "evil" symbol but rather a symbol of matter (Ego) defeating the will of spirit. Here, one isn't thinking in their favor as they are reacting in an automatic emotional response to their environment. It behooves one to remember, that the Pentagram is the sign of Man (Fire-Air-Water-Earth and Spirit). Therefore, the upside down pentagram signifies one whose head is stuck in the sands of time past,(material world) rather than one who stands tall in the sunlight of reason.

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One might think that there should be an absence of trouble here as astrologically this card is attributed to Mars in Scorpio; Mars is the planet associated with fertility, vitality, assertiveness and dynamic activity. Scorpio is the sign of emotional depth, Sex and occult passions. Besides, Mars/Pluto rules Scorpio! Mars is very happy to be in the House of Scorpio and this is also the 5th Sephiroth's-Geburah's severe Martian home. So there should be celebration and full beer mugs all around! Cheers! However, there seems to be a bitter aftertaste in this celebration for Pluto, Mars shadow nature, is the dark master of the underworld dead.

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What may not be seen here is that Mars is too happy to be here and he is so excited he doesn't even indulge in foreplay. This makes Scorpio nervous, for this Martian blast of enthusiasm retards what might have otherwise been a slow process of passionate decay which Scorpio uses to devour her lovers. Thus disappointment is felt deeply "to the core" here. Therefore, this is not a trivial disappointment such as not getting the right color of car, or not enough mayonnaise on the turkey sandwich but a real stinging emotional disappointment that in the next 5 weeks or 5 months has been or will be experienced. There could also be 5 years of disappointment or disappointment that goes back to a period 5 years ago or even disappointment that has been experienced deeply when you were 5 years old and is still influencing your present emotional state. All of these meanings are determined by where the card lays in the reading.

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Therefore, the Thoth 5 of Cups implies that it's now time to transform your emotion into a free butterfly rather than a "worm" in a hard shell of disappointment. Stuff happens to the just and unjust alike and by releasing disappointment, we can then turn it into an anger motivating a personal ambition to create more motion in our life! Therefore, the Thoth Tarot card states “Release the past, for that is a dead place, fly forward into the sunny now!" We are all free to choose, hence, it is not our purpose to expect for others. It is our purpose to be the operational part of the Soul, who experiences information and thereby turns it into knowledge and/or in-form-action. Therefore, try not to expect, let surprises happen and you will not be disappointed.

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As I have previously stated, Geburah, the 5th Tee of Life Sephiroth, that rules the four 5's, may be severe but she brings a necessary corrective in our lives. Severity corrects by tearing away all that is useless thought, and emotion; all that is outdated and unproductive and thereby, causing us to focus on the moment. Due to education most of us think we understand physics 101 and the first law of thermodynamics that states: There is only one energy that we can't create, nor can we destroy it we can however, transfer it and transform it. What we forget, is that we are of the One Energy, and therefore, can't be destroyed or created, only transformed! Transformation is a process of deconstructing and then reconstructing that which is envisioned, thus what seems to end is merely a change in form. This transformation is easily seen in the material world, as what was living, becomes food, and food then becomes the living being that ate it, and what is not needed as nutrition, is putrefied and recycled, which enables organic matter to become a living thing again. In our lives, energy is also emoted (energy-in-motion) when it is launched (emotion) towards a goal, and that perception of success isn't reached, emotion has become putrefaction (disappointed), and must be recycled. It is best to enjoy the creative journey and not expect the goal to be as we perceive it to be but know that it will be worked out as Spirit's Will. Therefore, when we see that the goal is fading in the distance, we must act to transform what we are doing, not react with yesterday's emotional fears and instead know that our Spiritual-Self will give us the best of the situation. Being truly creative requires passionate action, a "knowing" and not expectation. There is a difference between what is believed and what is known!

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In the 5 of Cups card's association with Scorpio and Mars, transmitting of energy is done sexually or in some form of intimacy and/or communication, where we are in communion with someone or something. Such as the intimacy of, friends, healers, or shamanistic rites, if human, or the universal sexuality of electrons transferring charge and/or the combination of triangles/planes making the fractal we call "the mind". The flow of this vital force is often called love, as such we could say that the intimacy of the negative pole as it joins with a positive pole of a magnet proves love. But being Spiritual beings, we know Love is more that just energy flow, it is a communion of multiple attributes that are even more apparent when a physical Spiritual body is present, such as, a human who is a trinity of Spirit-Mind-Body, rather than someone who is seeking spirituality. For "to seek" simply means you are declaring that you don't have it. All of us began as Spirit, there is no need to seek spirit any more than a fish in the ocean needs to seek water. However, there is a need to know thyself, a self- that came here to experience information as in-form-action. Not some indoctrinated, media operated and programmed man-made self, which puts a caul of amnesia over your psyche/Soul.

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All fish are made of Water, as all is made of Spirit-There is no need to seek it, it is Thyself!

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Sexuality is Sacred, as it is the communion of the 2=1.

To the ​enfleshed Spirit, Intimacy is not just physical touching, tasting, smelling, hearing or seeing, even though those are usually involved; Intimacy is also where one Auric Light Body-Field/the Spirit, Mind and Emotions blends together as one of female force of "Will to Form" to a male force of "Will to Force". Energy weaving into a new pattern for both parties as they communicate and/or intercourse. A multiplication of 7 auric energy dimensions, 7 Sephirotic (7 light, 7shadow) dimensions, weaving with another 7 (777) dimensions of the other party, becoming 1,554 .These added together =69 which becomes 15, the ATU 15 associated with the Devil and/or Lord of Material Manifestation. This Card which means a "Spiritual Transformation" into a material World, i.e., Transformation. That is the purpose of the human body; to turn idea/information that flows in Light, into an intimate/sensual experience and thereby, creating the energy flow that carries Universal Knowledge. to the material world. However, in "relationships" each person may expect an intimate relationship to go a certain way, and that expectation most often isn't shared by the "other". This also leads to disappointment and profaned energy flow. "To let go and let flow", is a better policy. Above all things, know thyself before you try to join your expectations with another person. Let them be what they think they are and you be what you think you are. All is "I AM", in the One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed. However, it can be transformed and that is where the "Me" comes into play. I Am is the Truth of you, but the "me" is an assumption produced by freedom of choice. Hence, "Me" is always transformable; you choose your own fate. If you are not happy with the "me" your Mind/I Am produces, change it! Why think little when you are the inheritor of the whole of the Universal I AM? It also behooves us to remember the "Observer effect" of Physics that states: " we change a thing, when we observe a thing. That includes each other!

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The Human Merkabah (The Body is Powered by Celestial Being)

However wonderful energy in motion is, it also has an end or transformational limit. That would be the second law of Thermodynamics where "..all things proceed from order to disorder", so a Master Weaver of Self ( I AM Me), would see the disorder in Self- assumed patterns, and deconstruct them and reconstruct a new order of Self-Tapestry/Image which is an active emotional reconstruction of Self-awareness. However, most of us aren't seeing ourselves as Master Weavers of e-motion/vital energy. Here's where Geburah steps in to assist us, she makes us view the disorder, and as a corrective, observation, allows one to now remove the old and build the new. As a ternary Master of creation (Spirit-Mind-Body), we must know emotion (energy-in-motion) as a willed action rather than a spontaneous reaction to indoctrination and dogma if we wish to avoid disappointment. We weave emotion into patterns of "Me" and often expect the "World" to be as the pattern we wove and emoted "as our future-Me". " The World" is a collective of individuals and often doesn't match our expectations for each of us Imagines the world we are experiencing. Manifestation is the illusion perpetrated by weaving thought (the first material) into coagulated-light (physical material) and therefore, subconscious dark - body survival (Fear) frequencies of I AM Me. The weaver is not the item woven, it is the "will" that is the spider who weaves energy to catch the necessary things for life. Energy-in-motion is the web we weave to catch our desires. Be careful what you emote, for the web design catches only what it is designed to catch! As Every spider knows, small tight-self-absorbed weaves, catch small things, insubstantial things, while big things blast through. More flexible, large weaves (open minded), allow the insubstantial to pass by, while catching the big sustaining things!

I am the Will and the Way, I Am the health, I Am the wealth, I Am5 the Day!

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Spider Woman

By now you may know that the Alchemical Element-Water represents the Feminine part of Mind and is intuitive, imaginative and emotive- consciousness. A severe emotional situation is sensually presented in the 5 of Cups. Mars is violent energy and in the water sign Scorpio, this produces an extremely powerful emotional/sexual effect. The once full cups are empty, implying loss of that which is loved. Geburah is fiery of nature, and still water is totally at odds with this active force, thereby, causing a disturbance and loss of pleasure. This card, if supported by the accompanying cards, can even mean death of a loved one or loss of penial or vulva/sexual performance. The inverted pentagram represents the triumph of matter over spirit (little ego over the Soul) and where disturbance arises in the middle of ease. One forgets, that if you do not expect, you will avoid disappointment. For as Mustafa Jahaladine Rumi, a 12th century Sufi Master stated:

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Surprise is the greatest gift of all!

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The MOdern Witch Tarot- Five of cups

The Modern Witch Tarot-Five of Cups, also represents emotional vulnerability as 3 of the 5 cups are being swept away by an ocean of emotion. Two upright cups are shown behind her. Here, one's dreams are unapproachable, or unrealized, consuming one in anger or disappointment, ignoring what she does have. Here, the emotions are disappointment, melancholy, sadness, pain, sorrow for loss. as implied by the black clothing. But if she would just turn around (change perspective) she would see the two full cups and the joyous wealth of the Tree of Life. What applies to the Thoth Card absolutely applies to this Modern Witch- Five of Cups card.

When the 5/Five of Cups is thrown during a reading it implies:

  • The querent has been or will be experiencing emotional disappointment for 5 weeks or 5 months.
  • Usually implications of relying too much on others for love, rather than loving themselves.
  • Here, there is a certain crying over past events, an experience of grieving over what has been lost or unlearned.
  • Emotional discord as one begins to adapt.
  • This is a card of regret, loss and separation. 
  • The corrective of Geburah is being applied here, and it is the beginning of recovery where one see’s the need to learn something new.
  • When this card is thrown you may want to release past patterns of disappointment either with the Scorpio people in your life and/or in the next 5 weeks or 5 months be no longer willing to hold onto past disappointments and will make a conscious decision to let them go.
  • Be patient.
  • Confusion and disappointment are exaggerated. 

When the 5/Five of Cups is ill defined by the surrounding cards, in the layout,  it implies:

  • Bitterness.
  • Desolation.
  • Remaining in the crisis.
  • Painful perceptions.
  • Coming out of disappointment.
  • A realistic view of the past that hints at a rosy future and a hopeful attitude.

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